He's worked in Michelin-starred restaurants in the UK and won acclaim at Southbank's Pure South Dining, but it's only now that Melbourne-born chef Ashley Davis has a restaurant to call his own. Opening this week on Victoria Street in Seddon, Copper Pot will serve up seasonal, European-style cuisine to hungry diners in Melbourne's inner west.
Inspired by the "neighbourhood bodegas, trattorias and bistros of Europe" and informed by Davis' travels, the 50-seat restaurant is serving up a variety of dishes throughout the day, from casual brunch and tapas options to more substantial offerings. The food draws on culinary influences from lesser-exploited European cuisines, such as Hungary and Croatia. Similarly, the drinks list features a range of wines, beers, cocktails and aperitifs, all of which have been "selected on their merit of delivering to their quintessential continental origins".
But what's perhaps most intriguing about Davis' new digs are his foodie road trips, a series of special dining events covering different styles of regional European cooking. According to the restaurant's website, each event will follow a specific theme in the form of an extended tasting menu and wine pairing. The first is scheduled for New Year's Eve, with an early arrival five-course option at $99 a head, and an eight-course option for $150 to ring in the New Year.
Copper Pot Seddon is located at 105 Victoria Street, Seddon, and is open for breakfast and lunch Thursday to Sunday, and dinner Wednesday to Saturday. For more information and to book a table for NYE, visit copperpotseddon.com.